MontrealStudents
22nd February 2021 HOJO
S.O.S. I received a rental increase
Are you halfway through your lease and the landlord just sent you a notice of rent increase? If so, don’t panic!  … Here’s what you need to know. Around the lease renewal period, landlords in Quebec may send a written notice of a rental increase. Such a notice must:  … • be given within a specific timeframe and clearly indicate the modifications to the lease   …   … • include the date and timeframe that the tenant has to answer  …   … The increase must be proposed in one of the following forms:The proposed increase in dollars, or as a percentage of the current rent  … be delivered by one of the official ways accepted by the Tribunal Administratif du Logement/ Rental Administrative Tribunal  … • Once you receive the notice you have one month to answer your landlord and you have…
MontrealStudents
22nd February 2021 Alex Clifford
Rental Increases 2021
No one wants to pay more rent. We are in the coldest part of the year  in Montreal, and it’s the time of year where tenants typically begin to receive notices of rental increase and lease modifications from their landlord. Each year, the percentage of average rental increases fluctuates, as they take into account all the rental components, which include taxes (municipal and school), insurance, and any renovations that were done in the building or in your apartment. As such, there is no fixed number for a fair rental increase, but you can use the Tribunal Administratif du Logement’s rent calculation tool for 2021 to determine what constitutes a reasonable rental increase for your dwelling.   … The following link contains the rent calculation tool for 2021, as well as information…
LifestyleMontrealStudents
22nd February 2021 HOJO
Do you want to move out? How to send a notice of non-renewal
In most places, a contract is over once the length of the agreement is up. Not Quebec though, Quebec likes to be special. Once you sign a Lease in Quebec, it automatically renews for 99 years (Its not as scary as it sounds! It gives tenants the right to maintain occupancy, but we shall leave that up for debate,yes?) In order to leave at the end of the lease, the tenant has to send the landlord a written notice of non renewal at very specific time frames, depending on their lease. For a lease of 12 months or more: 3-6 months before the end of the lease … For a lease of less than 12 months: 1-2 months before the end of the lease … For a lease of indeterminate term: 1-2 months before the desired end of the lease … You can find the Notice of non-renewal of the Tribunal Administratif du…
LifestyleMontrealStudents
16th December 2020 HOJO Staff
How to Winterize your apartment and save up on energy costs!
Winter is here, and here are some tips to keep your apartment warm at all times! 1. Get heavy drapes for your windows. It helps with insulation … 2. Seal any gaps or cracks around your doors, electric plugs, window seals etc,to seal in drafts. Make sure you get the right type of caulking for the surface in question. 3. Buy shrink-film plastic insulation to cover your windows and seal in drafts … 4. Just as your ceiling fan can help you cool in the summer months, it can warm your home in the winter. Warm air rises so simply switch it on in reverse … Additional tips on keeping your energy bill low … • Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights  – these use less than about ¼ the energy and last a lot longer.  … • Take short showers.  A five-to-ten minute shower uses…
LifestyleMontrealStudents
15th December 2020 HOJO
How to avoid apartment scams
Looking for an apartment in Montreal can be challenging and in these unprecedented times, the risk of rental scams is increasing! Let’s start from the beginning, What’s an apartment rental scam?  … Rental scams can take on many forms. Scammers generally attempt to get money or personal information from apartment hunters for a dwelling that either doesn’t exist, or one which they have no legal right to rent. Looking for an apartment is already stressful enough without the added time, pressure and inability to visit in person. Luckily, there are many ways to lower the likelihood of getting caught in an apartment scam. First and foremost, trust your gut and be critical when looking for an apartment. If something feels weird with the listing, if the application process is rushed or if…
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MontrealStudents
22nd February 2021 HOJO
S.O.S. I received a rental increase

Are you halfway through your lease and the landlord just sent you a notice of rent increase? If so, don’t panic! 

Here’s what you need to know. Around the lease renewal period, landlords in Quebec may send a written notice of

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MontrealStudents
22nd February 2021 Alex Clifford
Rental Increases 2021

No one wants to pay more rent. We are in the coldest part of the year  in Montreal, and it’s the time of year where tenants typically begin to receive notices of rental increase and lease modifications from

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LifestyleMontrealStudents
22nd February 2021 HOJO
Do you want to move out? How to send a notice of non-renewal

In most places, a contract is over once the length of the agreement is up. Not Quebec though, Quebec likes to be special. Once you sign a Lease in Quebec, it automatically renews for 99 years (Its not as scary as it sounds! It gives tenants the ri

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LifestyleMontrealStudents
16th December 2020 HOJO Staff
How to Winterize your apartment and save up on energy costs!

Winter is here, and here are some tips to keep your apartment warm at all times!

1. Get heavy drapes for your windows. It helps with insulation

2. Seal any gaps or cracks around your doors, electric plugs, window seals etc,to seal

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LifestyleMontrealStudents
15th December 2020 HOJO
How to avoid apartment scams

Looking for an apartment in Montreal can be challenging and in these unprecedented times, the risk of rental scams is increasing! Let’s start from the beginning, What’s an apartment rental scam? 

Rental scams can take on many fo

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